Convex mirror glass for Velvac heads

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  1. dakar4x4

    dakar4x4 Deleted User

    Having just started driving American RV's I find the flat main glass a real waste of time and almost useless once underway.

    I'm looking at getting a company to make a convex replacement glass , I've got Velvac 2030 mirrors but I think the glass is the same as the 2025 models.
    Drop me an e-mail if you would like to be kept in touch with developments.

    barry@dakar.co.uk

    Barry
     
  2. Lindy-C

    Lindy-C Deleted User

    If you don't have any joy, I have an account with Velvac :Cool:
     
  3. dakar4x4

    dakar4x4 Deleted User

    Thanks for that but as far as I can see on the Velvac website they don't list anything other than flat glass for the main mirror.
     
  4. Lindy-C

    Lindy-C Deleted User

    Quite correct, which is why they offer the Top Hat add on which is also convex, that way you have a variable view from the top and bottom convex sections and the flat area in the centre (assuming you have the 2030 with the max head). Otherwise you will have the flat glass with the convex at the top.

    As an alternative, there is a place in Derbyshire (Ilkeston Glass, I believe they are called) who will cut any type of glass, convex or otherwise, if you supply it. Might be worth a shot.

    BTW, Welcome to the forum - hope you will enjoy your visits here. :Smile:
     
  5. petesam

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    convex mirrors

    Hiya Barry@Dakar, I have fit 2 Volvo kerb mirrors ( convex) to the sides of my RV above the standard Velvac ones. They work well & increase rear vision tremen dousley .I advise you to keep the flat glass mirrors as they offer true distance for rear view objects. Regards Petesam.
     
  6. dakar4x4

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    Thanks for the help & advice, I'll still pursue the idea of swapping the original flat glass with a convex replacement, I've got the triple head units and the two convex/blind spot units are fine and do there job, maybe I'm just used to driving trucks with convex mirrors.
     
  7. des

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    hi linda.

    long time no speak. can you pls pm me with details of top hats. no tails required, though.

    des
     
  8. Lindy-C

    Lindy-C Deleted User

    PM sent Des :Wink:
     
  9. dakar4x4

    dakar4x4 Deleted User

    Just had an e-mail from my mirror glass supplier to say my convex mirror glass is all ready to be made, I sent them a complete head from a 2025 and they have made a template and jig to produce a direct convex replacement. I request a "gentle" curve nothing too much, all I wanted was the same rear view as a normal UK truck. And the best bit is the cost.......normal flat glass from Velac is about £40, the convex replacement should be about £25.....bargain.
     
  10. des

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    hi linda

    you have pm

    des
     
  11. Lindy-C

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    Duly replied to Des :Laughing:
     
  12. des

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    I have now fitted the "top hat" mirrors, and am pleased with the result. thanks, linda, for your help.

    des
     
  13. olley

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    Hi Des don't you have side view cameras? or am I thinking of someone else.

    I got a top hat of linda as well for the drivers side, that with the two other mirrors get rid of all the blind spots.

    Olley
     
  14. des

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    hi ian

    yes, i have. side cameras are great, but you just can't have too much visual info. have become used to decent uk truck mirrors, and am trying to replicate. the top hats certainly help, but still nowhere near the quality of decent trick mirros, but then again, they look good.

    des
     
  15. olley

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    Hi Des,thought it was you but the old memory is crap, :BigGrin:

    How would you fit a convex mirror? the backplate is flat and contains the heating elements. Having said that in two years I have never heated the mirrors, so I suppose if you could secure the ends it would be ok.

    Olley
     
  16. des

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    hi olley

    don't know. haven't changed that bit.

    des
     
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    From memory when I changed the glass in my Velvac mirrors, the heaters and parts to move the mirror are "potted" onto the glass in the factory with some sort of resin..... I would think that it would be impossible to change this over to new glass as you would need to break the glass off and the silvering would surely stick to the potting compound and so you would not achieve a secure fixing to the new.... But as Ian says, the memory isn't as good these days lol

    Keith
     

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